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ArtWalk returns to VOTA this weekend

Bradenton's Village of the Arts will host its monthly ArtWalk this weekend. This month's theme is “We LOVE Locals." The Village of the Arts is an eclectic live-work …

Manatee County Imposes Burn Ban

Due to the continued hot and dry weather, the Manatee County Commission has voted to impose a ban on all outdoor burning and the use and discharge of fireworks and sparklers in …

Dane Gracey

Dane Gracey, 55, passed away on May 29, 2024, in Bradenton, Florida. He was born May 2, 1969, in Indianapolis, Indiana. He was a lifelong …

Vernon Bostelman

On May 24, 2024, Mr. Vernon Henry Bostelman of Sarasota, FL passed away at the age of 91. Born to Fred and Regina Bostelman on April 14, 1933, he was the husband of Annabelle Bostelman of Sarasota, …

Octavious Cummings Jr.

Octavious "Nunu" Cummings Jr., 25, of Northport, FL, transitioned on May 19, 2024. Visitation Services will be held 4-6PM Friday, May 31, at Westside Funeral Home, 204 7th St. W, Palmetto, FL. …

Robert Hughes

Robert W. Hughes, 73, a long-time resident of Bradenton, Florid, passed away Saturday, May 25,2024, surrounded by his family and close friends. Bob was born on September 17, 1950, in Bellaire, Ohio …

Cecil Lade

Cecil C. Lade took up permanent residence in his heavenly home on May 22, 2024. He was 24 days from his 89th birthday. Cecil Carl Lade was born on June 15, 1935, to Carl and Ora (Bittner) Lade in …

Beverly Lynch

Beverly T. Lynch, a vibrant soul whose journey embraced creativity, passion, and boundless love, peacefully passed away on April 19th, 2023, in Bradenton, Florida, surrounded by her cherished loved …

James Smith, Jr.

Our beloved James Maxie "Max" Smith, Jr., 81, of Bradenton, Florida, passed away at his home on May 27, 2024. He was born in West Point, Mississippi on July 26, 1942. The son of James "Jim" Maxie …

In the spring of 1890, the U.S. government sent a warship packed with firepower to evict a tyrant whose rule had everyone in town walking on eggshells, terrified of his random outbursts. President Benjamin Harrison told Congress the whole military hullabaloo was totally justified and, frankly, a national necessity. Here's the story.

"KVO" Yard Signs Come Under Fire

Manatee County Commissioner Kevin Van Ostenbridge’s brother has filed a formal complaint with the Florida Elections Commission against a Manatee County resident …

Banana Republicans

This week, our useful idiots on the Manatee County Commission backed up the  dump truck and deposited another impressively large pile of manure onto the proverbial lawns of the citizens they are …

Let Our People Vote!

The Manatee Supervisor of Elections office is legally required to open the  Manatee County School Board District 5 board position in the 2024 elections as of May 31. The office has not responded …

LWV Manatee School Board Notes: 5/28/2024.

The League of Women Voters of Manatee County Education Issues Committee observes the Manatee County School Board meetings for items of interest to citizens and the League and notes adherence, or lack …

Kevin the Cowardly Commissioner

Kevin, the Cowardly Commissioner, used to represent District 3. But when he knew he couldn’t win, all he could do was flee; To Island residents and District 3, he is a disgrace; He …

The Problem with Trump's Conviction

The decision to convict Donald Trump is not just a legal event; it's a historical turning point in US politics. Two problems extending beyond politics are at play here: denying every defendant's …

Trump is NOT a Threat to Our Democracy!

Donald Trump is NOT a threat to our democracy. Biden and the democrats are the ones destroying our democracy! I will support Donald Trump even if they put him behind bars! The way that Biden and …

Red Tide Status Update: 5/31/24

Red Tide was not observed in samples collected statewide over the past week. We continue to use satellite imagery (USF and NOAA NCCOS) to help track nearshore and offshore conditions. No reports …

Manatee County Commissioner Kevin Van Ostenbridge has announced that he will switch races and seek the countywide Republican nomination for District 7 instead of District 3, …

Former Manatee County Commissioner Misty Servia resigned from the Manatee Republican Executive Committee this week, citing the REC's shift from working to get Republicans elected to …

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